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January 20
Engineering Day for Kids

​Yakima Valley College Engineering Department in partnership with the Yakima Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers will host Engineering Day for Kids on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9am-1pm in YVC's Hopf Union Building, Building 9, Activity Center. This event will feature hands-on activities to help children explore the connections between math, science, and engineering.

Engineer's Week is held every year to promote the many aspects of engineering to the youth in each community. The children of today are tomorrow's leaders, thinkers, inventors, and explorers.

YVC's Engineering Program works to prepare students to tackle the challenges, problems and opportunities in the engineering field for the benefit of their communities and/or to enter as juniors into accredited four-year engineering programs by providing locally, equivalent course and instruction that effectively instill the skills abilities needed for transfer. ​

For more information: 509.574.4752 or rraj@yvcc.edu

January 20
Student Directed One-Act Plays

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Yakima Campus – Yakima Valley College Playmasters presents an evening of one-act plays.  Directed by former YVC students Azalea Koestler and Brooke Waits, and starring current YVC students, the two plays -- Conversation at Night with a Despised Character and Crimes of a Middle Aged Genius -- will be held February 3-4, 2017 at 7:30pm in Kendall Hall's Black Box Theatre, Room 127. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at the special internet price of $7.00 at: YVCStudentDirectedPlays.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets sold at the box office before the performance are $10.00, cash or check only.

Conversation at Night with a Despised Character is by French Author and Dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmat.  The production, directed by former YVC student, Azalea Koestler, features YVC students Cody Jordan and Christopher Mercy.

A window pane breaks sharply on the darkened stage, and a man who has been sitting quietly in his living room at midnight says to an invisible intruder in a calm, firm voice, "Please come in." For this man has long awaited the visitor, knowing he would come sooner or later but not knowing in what disguise he would appear. The intruder presents himself as the secret executioner for the ruler of their totalitarian state. But it is death itself that speaks. The macabre theme has overtones of such perceptiveness and even humor that it can stand as one of Durrenmatt's most interesting achievements.

Crimes of a Middle Aged Genius is written and directed by former YVC Drama student, Brooke Waits, and features YVC students Frankie Cioci, Jessica Hunter, Cody Jordan, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Matthew Wells.  A genius scientist has tried to discover an "elixir of life" that would allow the drinker to become immortal. He tests his formula on his staff without their knowledge or consent, which drives them to insanity.

New plays, new directors, and new ideas – that is what Black Box theatre is all about.  Come see for yourself!​

For more information contact Debra Masson at dmasson@yvcc.edu / 509.574.4881.

January 19
Winter Quarter ESL Classes

​Yakima Valley College (YVC) is now enrolling students for fall quarter English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. ESL is the study of English by non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Contact the location you wish to attend to get the current entrance assessment schedule. You do not need an appointment, availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Winter quarter began January 3. Morning classes are Monday through Thursday. Evening classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the evening from 5:30-8:20pm.

ESL is offered at three locations. Call for site specific schedules. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.

  • Yakima Campus: S. 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902                     509.574.6850

  • Grandview Campus: 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930                           509.882.7000

  • Toppenish Learning Center: 720 W. 3rd Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948                     509.834.4550​

January 09
YVC launches Career Coach

​Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce that students along with community members now have a new resource for searching career options and finding employment.

Career Coach, built by EMSI, is a web-based tool that offers users free access to information regarding degrees and certificates offered at the college, as well as current data on wage, employment, and job posting in our local area.

The tool is designed to help users find a rewarding career by providing information that is specific to the college's regional economy.

Users can research jobs related to their education and work experience and then view information about current opening and wages. They can use the sites career assessment to explore their interests, match up military experience (military occupation code) to similar civilian careers, and build a resume.

Users interested in earning a degree or certificate can explore YVC's education and training opportunities offered on the Yakima and Grandview campuses as well as basic education, HS21+ credentials, and GED testing available at our learning centers in Ellensburg, Toppenish, and Sunnyside. ​

Learn more! Visit: www.YVCC.edu/CareerCoach

January 09
Yakima Valley Vintners Wins Best of the Best Awards from Wine Press Northwest

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Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), YVC's teaching winery, received two awards for their student crafted wines from Wine Press Northwest's "Best of the Best" Platinum Judging. YVV's 2013 Dean's List Tempranillo received a Double Platinum and the 2013 Primitivo received a Platinum. These awards bring the total number of honors to 80 for wines produce by YVV. All wines submitted were judged blindly by a panel of prominent wine professionals. YVC student wines are included in with all of the other commercial wineries during the competition.

These award winning wines, submitted by Yakima Valley Vintners, were produced by students completing course work in YVC's Vineyard & Winery Technology program. The wines are marketed through the program at YVC's Grandview Campus which houses a winery facility and tasting room. Students managed all aspects of producing these wines from grape to glass.

"It is exciting to see the students garner such prestigious acknowledgment of the skills they gain while completing our Vineyard and Winery Technology degrees and certificates. The Washington wine industry will be even stronger because of their efforts. We are so proud of their accomplishments," sated Trent Ball, YVC Agriculture Department Chair.

Wine Press Northwest created the Platinum Judging in 2000 as a way to determine some of the best wines of the Pacific Northwest. To accomplish this, they chart more than 40 professionally judged wine competitions worldwide to track the gold medals won by fruit from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. These wines are categorized and judged blind during three days by three panels of wine experts, who award wines with Double Platinum, Platinum, Double Gold and Best Buy. A wine is awarded a medal based on how a majority of the judges voted. In the case when all the judges on a panel deem the wine a Platinum, that wine is awarded a unanimous Double Platinum. The 17th annual Platinum Judging was staged Oct. 26-28 at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick, WA. For more information: www.winepressnw.com.

For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: www.yvcc.edu/wine or call 509.882.7007.​

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